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Dianne & Steve Doughty

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Your 5 Star Positively Private Paradise -

45 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

Alajuela Province Estate Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + 3 Baths

This Amazing Country Villa can be your very own Private Paradise where you can come and enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer. The property is set high on a hill top, surrounded by coffee plantations and cattle ranches, offering peace, tranquility, and spectacular views of San Jose and the Central Valley, both night and day.

The house has 5 spacious bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms and 5000 square feet of living space on two acres of tropical landscaped very private gardens. The house easily sleeps up to 8 people, making it perfect for large families or groups to share those special moments of a once in a lifetime vacation.

Casa Doughty is also very 'Pet Friendly'. The entire grounds are enclosed so if you bring your pet they will have the run of the 2 acres. We also have a large special fenced in area behind the house where your pet will have more than enough room to run and play if you want to contain their activity. They will also be able to put to good use a nice big dog house just in case it rains. The Courtyard between the two wings is also another contained area with plenty of grass for them to enjoy! We do charge a refundable 'Pet Fee' of $50 per animal.

Throughout the home the rooms are spacious and airy with high ceilings. Built to USA standards, our house has all the comforts of back home. Some of the many features of the property include: 47 inch HD LCD TV with International cable with HBO, Cinemax, CNN, ESPN, as well as many Spanish networks, Wi-Fi high speed Internet, swimming pool that is surrounded by tropical landscape for your privacy, a five person Jacuzzi Spa with temperature control, covered Rancho complete with dining area, and a large stainless-steel BBQ grill. There is also an outdoor fireplace next to the swimming pool so you can enjoy the cool Atenas evenings by the fire while you take in the amazing view.

Stretching the entire front of the house, you will find a wide “rocking chair” front porch that is perfect for having your morning coffee, watching the sunrise, or enjoying evening cocktails while you view the Central Valley city lights in the distance.

Atenas has spring like conditions all year round. The daytime highs are in the 80’s and the lows at night are in the 60’s. The two master suites have air conditioning and all the rooms have ceiling fans. There is always a nice breeze and the temperature is mild so you rarely need the fans or air conditioning.

Our multi-lingual Property Managers, Aad and Marian, live nearby and can be reached by phone to help with any questions that might arise during your stay. They will do everything possible to make your stay a success. They also offer a wide range of custom tours through their travel agency, and they also offer a fee-based transportation service from the SJO Airport if you notify them ahead of time.

Be sure to ask for your FREE copy of our very own Central Valley Insider's Guide that we have produced and can send to you via email. It provides some general information about Costa Rica, tells you about some of our favorite popular Atenas Restaurants, and of course a list and description of many Central Valley nearby attractions.

Since Casa Doughty is centrally located, there are many attractions within driving distance so it is very easy to take day sightseeing trips. (Ask about assistance with transportation needs or tour guide recommendations/tips.) In the living room, you will find a Welcome Notebook with information about things to do in the area with brochures from many of the Central Valley attractions.

If you are looking for a private paradise to enjoy the sunshine and peace and quiet of our gardens you have found your getaway vacation Villa! If you have any questions, want more information, or want a copy of our FREE Central Valley Insider's Guide just email us or give us a call to 817-803-3390. Please put your phone number in the inquiry too. We are happy to call you if it makes it easier for you than emailing questions back & forth. We look forward to your inquiry!

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Dianne & Steve Doughty (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Dianne & Steve Doughty

Steve and I are excited to be able to share Casa Doughty with you and your family and or friends. We chose the Atenas area because of the fabulous weather year round and its close proximity to so many great attractions. On a personal note Steve has recently retired after working 45 plus years in the computer programming industry and Dianne retired from American Airlines having worked for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union for almost 20 years. We are now enjoying our free time by exploring more of Costa Rica and of course visiting family and friends back in the states. We really appreciate your providing your phone number when inquiring about availability so we can contact you to help answer any questions you might have about Casa Doughty. We want you to be comfortable about your choosing our home so that you will be sure to enjoy your vacation and your time in the Central Valley!

Dianne & Steve Doughty purchased this estate in 2011

Why Dianne & Steve Doughty chose Alajuela Province

Atenas has a great year round climate, wonderful views, and its an easy to drive to the beach or to the many attractions in the Central Valley. We think that Costa Ricans are some of the most friendly people you will ever meet. They are more than helpful and are so gracious when you might be needing assistance with directions. According to National Geographic Atenas has 'the best climate in the world'! We agree.

What makes this estate unique

You can relax in this private estate and enjoy the sun, pool, weather, wild birds, and incredible views. Because of our great location it is very easy to visit the national parks, beaches, zoos, museums or any other activities you are interested in. We are easy to find located on the highway #3 to Jaco. NO dirt roads. We can help you with directions,shopping and to schedule tours and other activities. We are in a great location with perfect weather. Remember the beaches are very hot in Costa Rica. The weather in Atenas is perfect. We are a short drive to all the major tourist sights and attractions.

Reviews

4.9
based on 45 traveler reviews

Your 5 Star Positively Private Paradise -
average rating of 4.888889 based on 45 reviews
Burleson, Texas USA
5

Great house!

  • 5 of 5

The house and property were beautiful! Our whole family was able to stay there very comfortably. With seven children between two families you need lots of room and there was plenty. The two master bedrooms were so big that the first two night our two sons slept on blowup mattresses in our room. Our daughter was also with us in her playpen and we still had room to get around. Any questions I had were answered very quickly, and the owners and property manager were super nice! A great house and a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Casa Doughty- Amazing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Doughty during the week of Thanksgiving, 2015. There were 7 people in our group ranging in age from 16 years to 77 years old. This place was exactly as described and perfect for our family and friends. My main concern was for the 77 year old (my mom). My mother had a slight stroke a year ago and stairs can be tricky...as well as floor rugs. Casa Doughty was very easy for her to navigate, both inside and out. The grounds and pool are beautifully maintained. The inside was very clean and the kitchen was equipped with anything you may need. We ran into one slight problem regarding a car rental. However, a quick email and one phone conversation with Steve and Diane quickly had the matter resolved.

Atenas and Casa Doughty are perfectly situated for having a "home base" and having access to many other places. We visited volcanoes (Poas and Arenal), went deep sea fishing in Jaco , visited beaches (my favorite was Playa Dona Ana where we were able to feed Capacin monkeys), toured a nearby coffee plantation and enjoyed the city of Atenas. In order to do these things a rental car is a MUST. Yes, driving in Costa Rica is different from driving in the states, and usually takes longer due to road conditions, but it is hardly the nightmare some have alluded. A good GPS (usually provided by the car rental agency), a wee bit of caution and common sense are all that one needs to successfully navigate Costa Rican roads.

I would highly recommend Casa Doughty!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect fit

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home, well managed, with all the space, views, privacy and comforts needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bandera Texas
5

Perfect for large families

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property with great views, privacy. Thank you for letting us stay at Casa Doughty.would highly recommend to anyone!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful expansive property with great views, privacy, and so close to the quaint town of Atenas. Thank you for the wonderful memories made at Casa Doughty.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Villages, Florida
5

Wonderful vacation at Casa Doughty

  • 5 of 5

Three of us decided to visit Costa Rica and relax in a beautiful home while touring the area of Atenas. Well, Casa Doughty is quite the home. Everything was provided including the View, accommodations, things to see and do and a top notch property management team of Aad and Marion.

We won't repeat all the previous truthful descriptions of Casa Doughty, but just to say....it's one remarkable home.

To say the weather was ideal is an understatement...beautiful....along with the views. We spent a lot of time in the Jacuzzi "soaking" up all the delights of the weather, view and relaxation.

We highly recommend you consider Casa Doughty. You won't be disappointed. Aad and Marion added so much to our enjoyment and we loved the coffee plantation tour followed by an authentic Costa Rican home prepared meal with a local family. Marion also took us on a trip to the Friday market to meet all the vendors and do some shopping. Aad and Marion can also provide for a rental car at a very reasonable price if you desire one. We wish we had done that in hindsight...to give us more freedom to explore on a moments notice. Our favorite taxi driver "Henry" was very accommodating and also Mario the gardener was a Hoot! He dropped off some fresh fruit for us and we tried to learn a little spanish. He was so wonderful.

We highly endorse Casa Doughty!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Puntarenas
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Several are close by...many more within 4 miles
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Playa Jaco
Car: recommended

There are many Ziplines in Costa Rica. Our favorite has been the Adventureland Zip-Line Canopy tour over 11 Waterfalls with 25 platforms. There are also many choices for white water rafting through out Costa Rica.

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Rates & Availability

Atenas Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Green Season -2016
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$120
$2,500
 
 
Winter/Costa Rica Summer
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$175
$4,050
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$120
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50

Rates apply to a maximum of eight guests. Additional guests up to a maximum of 10 are $10.00 per person per night. Please provide a list of all the names of those who will be staying in our home with the final payment. We also have 2 electric E-Z twin size beds that are available upon request.

Rates are subject to change until confirmed with a 50% down payment. Payments accepted through our Reservation Manager system using major credit cards,or PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Alajuela Province Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom #1 in South wing - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Bedroom #3 in South wing - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Master Bedroom #4 with A/C in South wing - 1 queen , Master Queen bed with A/C , 32 in TV, Full Bath
    Bedroom #2 in South wing - 1 queen , Shared bath
    Master Queen Bedroom #5 in North wing - 1 queen , Master Queen bed with A/C,27 in TV,Wheelchair accessible
  • 5 Queen Beds We do have three electric blow-up twin-size EZ beds that are available.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We also have a great team that would love to cook for you. Ask about our Chefs for hire... Come and enjoy the most friendly people and many awesome attractions that Costa Rica has to offer or just sit back and experience a much simpler way of life ...at a much slower pace. The only thing missing at Casa Doughty is YOU!

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